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Static Shock #1 – The New 52 Reviews

I will try to get back to posting daily.

Static Shock had brief run with a cartoon in the early 2000’s, is a member of the Teen Titans, and that’s all I really know about him.  If you’re reading this than you probably know this series has already been canceled and replaced by something from the Second Wave New 52. The only reason I’m even talking about this comic is because I found it in one of my  random boxes of comics, and thought  I should probably post about something on this website.

Static Shock is often referred to as DC’s answer to Spiderman. This issue has many connections to Spiderman such as Virgil works and in Intern in a New York based lab. His character is smart, and makes little quips. Although similar in concept they are very different. This issue starts with Static chasing down an escaped/run away test pilot for one of the power suits from STARS laboratory. He chases him down and the guy gets sniped by a group of people on jet bikes. The first thing I noticed is there is so much dialogue in this comic. It’s almost like they knew they were going to get canceled and tried to fit as much story as possible into 22 pages. It was the first issue so they were trying to introduce everyone and start a story arc. But there was so much text it covered up like half the page. This issue has the  introduction of Virgil’s family, and secret hideout with his sidekick Hardware. After the group of bad guys figure out Static was the one chasing down they’re escaped pilot they decide they need to eliminate him. This issue ends with a pretty insane cliffhanger. Homies cut off Statics arm. The art in this issue is pretty interesting it reminds me of the cartoon and is very colorful. I think this comic was a little over saturated with text and could have done well with a rewrite, but it seems like a pretty good start to this short lived series.

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One comment on “Static Shock #1 – The New 52 Reviews

  1. Blue Beetle is another DC clone of Spider Man. His grandmother is undeniably inspired from Aunt May, and the dualism between the protagonist and his living costume really reminds of the dualism between Peter Parker and his living black costume, which subsequently became Venom.
    Anyway, even if Blue Beetle has a copied storyboard, the plot is developed in a brand new way, so reading Blue Beetle is like watching “Romeo + Juliet”: you already know how the story goes, but you are constantly intrigued and delighted by the differences that a more modern setting implies.
    Blue Beetle is interesting also because of the attention given to family, Mexican culture and mythology. Blue Beetle never shows just a superhero kicking a villain’s ass: there’s always something more intriguing and instructive to read.
    Anyway, the last issues of this series have been awful, because, all of a sudden, DC decided to make Blue Beetle a space-opera-like series. No more family, no more Mexican culture, just aliens, planets and spaceships. This change of direction totally deprived Blue Beetle of all the things that made him special. It is probably the worst mistake DC has been making since the reboot started (along with Green Arrow’s rejuvenation).
    Talking about Green Arrow, next year Animal Man writer, Jeff Lemire, will start writing Green Arrow as well. I’m a big fan both of the character and the writer, so I can’t wait to see how the two will combine together.

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